YMCA of the USA Announces Changes to National Board of Directors

CHICAGO, IL, April 12, 2010—YMCA of the USA, the resource office of the nation’s 2,687 YMCAs, is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Directors, which establishes policy and strategic direction for the nonprofit organization.

YMCA of the USA welcomes R. Hugh A. Fitzpatrick, president of Princeton Capital Management, Inc.; Steven Malcolm, chair, president and CEO of Williams; Christine C. Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement, Inc.; and Jorge Perez, president and CEO of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois. Each new member will serve a three-year term, with eligibility of a second three-year term.

In addition, four current members of the board have been elected to officer positions: Ulice Payne, Jr., Esq., as Board Chair; Sharon L. Allen as Board Chair-Elect; David Pratt as Treasurer; and Virginia Bales Harris as Secretary.

“YMCA of the USA welcomes these eight individuals in their new roles on our national board on behalf of the millions of children, families and communities that we serve each year,” said Neil Nicoll, CEO and president of YMCA of the USA. “Their knowledge, business experience and passion will help Ys across the country continue to do exceptional work every day to create communities where everyone can learn, grown and thrive.”

New Board Members:
Hugh Fitzpatrick (Princeton, N.J.)
Hugh Fitzpatrick is president of Princeton Capital Management, Inc., a multi-million dollar investment advisory firm. He previously served as a Managing Director for Wachovia Securities and as senior vice president with Alex Brown & Sons. Fitzpatrick currently serves on the Y-Fund Board of Trustees, and is a volunteer leader with the YMCA of Central Maryland.

Steven J. Malcolm (Tulsa, Okla.)
Steven J. Malcolm is Chair, president and CEO of Williams, the largest interstate natural gas supplier in the United States. Previously, Malcolm worked for Cities Service Gas Company in refining, marketing and transportation services. Malcolm serves on numerous boards, including the YMCA of Greater Tulsa, St. John Medical Center, University of Tulsa Board of Trustees, Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Commission for Community and Justice.

Christine C. Marcks (Hartford, Conn.)
Christine C. Marcks is president of Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. Before joining Prudential, she was senior vice president and head of ING Financial Horizons. She also served as an international economist with the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.

Marcks is a member of the board of directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford and The Bushnell, and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. She also serves on the board of trustees at Assumption College.

Jorge Perez (Bellville, Ill.)
Jorge Perez is president and CEO of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, which serves 40,000 members throughout a five-county region. Perez has more than 20 years of experience in leading efforts that focus on research-based business practices and positive adult and youth development.

Newly Elected Board Officers:
Ulice Payne, Jr., Esq. (Brookfield, Wis.) – Board Chair
Ulice Payne, Jr., is president of Addison-Clifton, LLC, an advisor on global trade compliance. Previously, he led the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc., as president and CEO and served as a Managing Partner of Foley & Lardner, LLP, and as the Wisconsin Commissioner of Securities. Payne serves on the boards of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Manpower, Inc., Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Badger Meter, Inc., and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

Sharon L. Allen (Los Angeles) – Board Chair-Elect
Sharon L. Allen is chair of the Board at Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. Allen serves on the boards of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Autry National Center and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She once served on the President’s Export Council during former President George W. Bush’s administration.

David Pratt (Palo Alto, Calif.) – Treasurer
David Pratt is the retired CEO of Callidus Software. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Adobe Systems and held executive positions at Logitech, Quantum and Intel. Pratt is a former chair of the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula Board of Directors (Palo Alto, Calif.). He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Callidus Software, Ebrary and The SETI Institute.

Virginia Bales Harris (Atlanta) – Secretary
Virginia Bales Harris is a retired executive for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she filled various leadership positions over her 35-year career. In 1988, she became founding Deputy Director for the CDC’s organization focused on preventing and controlling chronic diseases and their associated risk factors. In that role, Virginia led growth of the organization from an annual budget of $140 million to more than $1 billion. Bales Harris is a member of the Rollins School of Public Health Dean’s Council at Emory University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in public health at Emory University.

About YMCA of the USA:
YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation's 2,687 YMCAs, which serve 21 million people each year, including more than 9 million children under the age of 18. YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on their collective strength as one of America's largest not-for-profit community service organizations. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America's communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Visit to find your local YMCA.

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Mamie Moore
YMCA of the USA

Monday, April 12, 2010

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